Talles Magno scored for NYCFC in the second half. (Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports)

By Michael Lewis

FrontRowSoccer.com Editor

Four players scored for New York City FC in its 4-1 home-opening win over CF Montreal on Saturday.

Alex Callens, Santiago Rodriguez, Talles Magno and Thiago Andrade found the net on a wintry day at Yankee Stadium

Keaton Parks and Andres Jasson wound up assisting on goals.

So, what were the odds of 2021 MLS Golden Boot winner Taty Castellanos and playmaker supreme Maxi Moralez not writing their names on the scoresheet?

Well, we won’t compute them, but the production of their teammates without either player scoring or assisting on a goal, but it definitely showed the depth of NYCFC when it can rock and roll without either of those star players making a major impact.

“It’s always the strength, not relying on one or two players to create the goals,” left back Malte Amundsen said. “So when we have different goal scorers, it’s only good for us. That means that if one player has a down period, then we have other players that can step up and score the goals when we need it.”

City scored twice in the opening half before adding two more over the final 45 minutes.

“It’s very important that we are many players that an score goals,” head coach Ronny Deila said. That’s coming from the midfield and also a set play with center defenders.”

Deila was referring to Callens’ impressive volley that got things rolling in the seventh minute.

“That’s good confidence to everybody,” Deila added. “They’re more dangerous when they when they can hurt them in many different areas.”

After eight games away from Yankee Stadium, the Cityzens finally played an actual home game, or since a 2-0 win over Atlanta United in the MLS Cup playoffs on Nov. 21. The squad played the final three playoff contests on the road and started this season with three Concacaf Champions League matches and two MLS games away from the Bronx.

“We have some confidence, some comfort that is not easy to describe,” Amundsen said. “Everyone loves to play here and I think it was easy to see that we were so happy for being back today. At some some points of the game It feels like we’re just in the playground here.

“And with that said, we also have to be careful because, of course I’m happy with four goals but we have to be more have a better structure throughout the game in especially second half to not concede a goal and not give away that many half chances or just make it an open game. We have to just kill the game at this point.”